Not all Austin workplace injuries fall within the workers’ compensation system. This is because Texas is the only state in the country which does not require employers to be part of the workers’ comp system. Companies have the option to “opt out” and insure themselves privately. Such employers are considered to be “non-subscribers” to the system. Anyone injured on the job while employed by a non-subscriber can bring a lawsuit against the company as they would in any other negligence case. Our Austin lawyers assist workers who have been injured while in the employ of a non-subscriber company.
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Representing Austin Employees Injured while Working for a Non-Subscriber Company
State law allows employers to not be a part of the standard workers’ compensation system. Such employers must carry their own insurance or some other form of liability coverage. Someone injured on the job of such an employer may bring a negligence action against the company in court. One of the ways a plaintiff may bring such a case if they can show that a dangerous condition existed on the job. This dangerous condition must either be one that the employer knew about and did not correct or one that was created due to other negligence by the employer (i.e., a slippery floor that was not promptly cleaned). Hiring an attorney to help with such a matter is often necessary, as non-subscriber workplace injury cases usually are quite complicated.
Our Austin attorneys assist those injured on the job where their employer was not in the workers’ comp system. We can contact the insurance company, or the employer if they are self-insured, on an injured worker’s behalf so they will deal with us directly. We can also gather relevant evidence such as accident reports, statements, video footage, maintenance records, and documentation related to past injuries on the job. If a settlement cannot be reached, then we will bring legal action in court for negligence.
Few things are as important to people as their job. A job provides dignity and a sense of security. The concept of a dispute with one’s employer, therefore, can be frightening. Our Austin non-subscriber workplace injury attorneys can make the process much easier on you so you can focus on healing and getting back to work. Call today to get started on your case.